Ben Ambris Goff

April 26, 1934June 30, 2019

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Ben Ambris Goff, 85, after a very brief and sudden illness, passed away peacefully surrounded by love at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Ben was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, on April 26, 1934, to Hazel and Benjamin Goff. Ben was adored by his father, who was also an attorney and who he lost when he was nine. Ben attended high school in Chickasha and, in 1955, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Statistics, with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma. Ben then attended the University of Michigan School of Law graduating in 1958. Ben was exceedingly proud that he was a University of Michigan law school graduate. After graduating law school, Ben practiced law in Oklahoma for over thirty years, focusing on tort, insurance, and employment litigation.

Ben was a successful trial lawyer and a scholar of the law. He successfully argued many seminal cases in front of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit. His proudest accomplishment in Oklahoma was raising his four children, Benjamin, Kevan, Heather and Bruce.

In 1984, Ben met his wife Carmen Mitchell during a hearing in Oklahoma City. They married in Dallas on May 16, 1987. In 1989, Ben moved to Dallas where shortly thereafter they celebrated the birth of their first son, Jimmy. Six years later they were blessed with the birth of their second son, Justin.

Ben was truly a renaissance man who had a genuine thirst for knowledge and a curiosity for some of life’s most complex subjects. Ben’s hobbies included cooking (especially baking pies), reading (String Theory, the Mueller Report, Hamilton), writing and endlessly listening to Johnny Cash. Ben also enjoyed the sound tracks of My Fair Lady, The King and I and Sound of Music. He loved watching cheesy action movies.

When Ben was not in his office, he enjoyed spending time with his dog and his family, including his grandchildren Benjamin, Bill and Alex Goff. Ben enjoyed spending time at their lake house in Athens, Texas, and traveling the world with his wife and many friends.

Ben is preceded in death by his beautiful daughter Heather (1981), his sister Carol (2001), his beloved mother-in-law Ruth (2012), and his adored son Benjamin (2018).

Ben is survived by his wife Carmen, their sons Justin and Jimmy; his brother-in-law Michael Mitchell and his wife Brandi, along with their children Matthew and Molly; his daughter-in-law Teresa Goff, along with her children Benjamin, Bill and wife Madeline, and Alex; his daughter Kevan Goff-Parker and her husband John Parker, along with their son Danniel and wife Holly Parker; and his son, Bruce.

The family would like to express its sincere loving thanks to Ben’s nurse Mary Riley for her excellent care, friendship and constant love during the last years of Ben’s life. She was, and is, an angel in our life.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, Texas. A celebratory reception will follow at the Goff family residence.


  • A Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 9, 2019


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Christie Statum

July 8, 2019

My sweet sweet friend. I'm still praying for you and your family as you lay your dear dad to rest. I remember when we were in the 5th grade at Dewey you and Heather would always talk about your dad. I remember saying one time to myself they must love their daddy just like I love mine. You did a excellent job on giving him unconditional love in his last days. Stay strong and just know all of us in OKC will be thinking of you guys tomorrow. Love you missy.....

Michelle Foster

July 8, 2019

So sorry for your loss Kevan and family I know this has been a painful journey but your Dad is resting in the arms of God no more suffering He’s now at peace You all have my deepest sympathy in this Time or loss be blessed and Rest in knowing you did the best while h was alive to make him happy 🙏🏾

Debbie Goin

July 5, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. Great times were had.

Joan Johnson

July 5, 2019


I'm so sorry your loving father is no longer with you in the physical world. He was a great man, with many accomplishments, and I always enjoyed being around him. You were blessed to have each other and the love always showed through. I pray that the pictures and memories will soon find you smiling with heart felt thanks for the life and times you shared.

Joan Johnson


July 3, 2019

To my sweet friend Kevan, My deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family, I know how special for your father was to you, I remember you talking about him in High School, and I Pray that God will give you all the strength to get through this difficult time, In jesus' name, Amen.